Welcome to my genealogy blog. Genea-Musings features genealogy research tips and techniques, genealogy news items and commentary, genealogy humor, San Diego genealogy society news, family history research and some family history stories from the keyboard of Randy Seaver (of Chula Vista CA), who thinks that Genealogy Research Is really FUN!
Copyright (c) Randall J. Seaver, 2006-2014.
The next meeting will be
held on 19 October 2013 from 9:00 am to noon. Here are the details:
Two sessions and two topics per session
No user groups or SIGS this month.
9:00 a.m. - SESSION 1:
A. “Enhance Your Research with American
Memory” Presented by Gena Philibert Ortega
We will be exploring
the Library of Congress Digital Collections website American Memory.
The Library of Congress has so much to offer family history
researchers from maps and images to histories and interviews, American Memory
is a must for researchers. During this presentation we will be exploring all
that the Library of Congress has to offer genealogists online.
Gena Philibert Ortega holds a Master’s degree in
Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s
degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women’s
studies and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United
States as well as virtually to audiences worldwide. Gena is the author of hundreds
of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines including FGS
Forum, APG Quarterly, Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle, Family Tree
Magazine, and the GenWeekly newsletter. Her writings can also be found on
her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. She is the author of
three books include her latest From The Family Kitchen (F + W
Media, 2012). Gena is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s
journal Crossroads. She serves as President for the Southern
California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is
a board member of the Utah Genealogical Association. Her current research
interests include women’s social history, community cookbooks, signature quilts
and researching women’s lives using material artifacts.
O’Malley - A Brick Wall Case Study - You be the Judge!” Presented by Del
is a case study which presents evidence of possibly identifying a record of
Peter, siblings and his mother and father on a passenger list arriving in New
York in 1847. People with the same names
are identified in the 1850 census near Scranton, Pennsylvania; but are they the
same people and are they really related to Peter? The evidence is presented—you be the judge!
Delbert A. Ritchhart:EDUCATION----MS Management U. S. Naval Postgraduate School; MS
Military Science U. S. Naval War College; BS Education, University of Colorado
EXPERIENCE—U.S. Navy 1959-1984, Retired as a Captain having had command of a
Patrol Squadron and serving as the Deputy Chief of Legislative Affairs. Overseas tours in Japan, Okinawa,
Philippines, Vietnam, Hawaii and Taiwan.
Served as a Systems Analyst for Booz Allen & Hamilton 1984-1988 then
was Manager of the San Diego Marketing office for Lockheed Corp. from
1989-1993. Moved to Corporate
Headquarters leading to a position as Vice President Domestic Business
Development for Lockheed Martin Corp.
Retired from that position in 1999.
EXPERIENCE - Began researching his family history in 1994. Has served as President and Programs Chairman
Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego, Program Chairman British Isles
Genealogical Society of San Diego and currently of The San Diego Genealogical
Society. Member of The Southern
California Genealogical Society, The New England Genealogical Society and The
National Genealogical Society. Has given
genealogy presentations to numerous genealogy groups in the Southern California
area. Recently published, “Breathing
Life into My Family Ancestors”, tracing and writing about several lines of his
10:00 a.m. - Break, refreshments.
10:20 a.m. - SESSION 2:
A. “Google for Genealogists” Presented by Gena Philibert Ortega
Do you Google? You may Google all
kinds of things for your personal or business life but Google should be one of
the first places you go to when researching your family history. Whether it's
searching for a website, researching a city directory, finding a photo of your great-grandmother
or mapping out your next research jaunt. Google is a must. Join me as we
discuss better ways to search Google and wonderful resources like Google Books,
Google Scholar, Google News, Google Maps and so much more.
B. “Heritage Photo Basics: Scanning & Organization, Quick and
Simple Editing, and Using Photos on the Web” Presented by Dona K. Ritchie.
Dona is a retired graphic artist/desktop publisher who has many years of
experience using Photoshop and other image editing applications, is an amateur
photographer, and loves old photos. She has been using her family photos to
construct digital scrapbook pages which illustrate the lives and stories of her
ancestors as well as those of her husband's family. Along the way she's learned
a lot about restoring old photographs which have been damaged, have lost color
or turned unusual colors, and has been successful in rescuing many of those
afflicted photos, turning them into digital treasures which will hopefully
fascinate succeeding generations as much as they have fascinated her and
assisted with her family history research. Want to know more about how you can
start rescuing your own stash of vintage photos? Come to the CGSSD MiniFair in
October and find out!
We meet at the
Robinson Auditorium complex on the University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
campus in La Jolla. From North Torrey Pines Road, turn at Pangea Drive into
UCSD. Free parking is available in the parking garage on the left; use any
space other than those specifically reserved for UCSD vehicles. Signs will mark
directions to our meeting rooms. Please refer to our website www.cgssd.org; or the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific
Studies website (click
here) for driving
directions and a map.